Caroling Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

Kayla Funk, Staff Writer

Caroling Choir has been an annual tradition for the Farmingdale Mixed Chorus for the past 10+ years. Students from the Mixed Chorus volunteer to sing holiday carols the day before winter break. They start rehearsals with Caroling Choir Director Ms. Mischke in late November and practice the holiday music throughout the month of December up until the big day. The chorus (joined by some instrumental ensembles) dedicates their morning to spreading holiday cheer in the Commons as people walk in to start their day. They then go from classroom to classroom throughout the school day caroling to the students.

Last year, due to COVID-19 guidelines, the students were not able to go around the school caroling like they had in previous years. In an effort to keep the holiday spirit alive, they improvised. They started off the morning in the Commons socially distanced and safe as the students and staff rolled in for the day. Then they moved over to the auditorium where social distancing was possible and live streamed to classrooms all over the school. 

This year, the original plan was to return to caroling inside of classrooms as they have in previous years. However, the choir was again forced to adapt due to rising COVID-19 cases. Instead of caroling in classrooms, they set up in the Commons and had classes come down and sit socially distanced to listen to the carols. Although it is not the same as it used to be, a little holiday cheer can go a long way!